Spring Trends :: Dressing Up a Sweatshirt

Styling tips for a dressing up a sweatshirt

I’ve noticed a shift in my style lately. I’m turning more and more to classic, casual pieces even for occasions I’d normally dress up for. Cozy, neutral classics are my new uniform. I suppose if I had to read something into it, the change is for a couple of reasons.

One, my work schedule has been particularly crazy. I’m working in the pediatric emergency department this month and our shifts begin and end at all sorts of odd hours. Switching from a 6pm to 3am shift to a 7am to 5pm shift makes the days and nights blur together. As if that isn’t enough, every four to five days I work a 24 hour shift. The life of a resident.

I’m definitely craving comfort when I’m not at work.

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San Francisco Secret Spots :: Bernal Heights

Urban Hiking Ideas in San Francisco // Bernal Heights

I have a secret.

Twin Peaks isn’t the best place in San Francisco to see a great view of the city. Not even close. The real best place to catch the view is away from the tourists with their fancy cameras. Tucked away in the Southeast corner of the city. Off the beaten path.

The views! I’m talking 360 panoramic views of the entire city. And both bridges! The streetlights dot the city like a parade of little fireflies. And it’s so quiet, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The perfect place for a cheap date night, which is right up our alley…. Read More »

5 Ingredient Baked Egg Boats

5 Ingredient Baked Egg Boats for Breakfast!One of the best thing about being a blogger is the community of bloggers that I’ve gotten to connect with. I’m always surprised by how supportive and friendly other bloggers are. People go out of the way to help each other, mentor beginning bloggers and pass on the tricks that they’ve learned along the way. I’ve never felt like blogging is a competition, or that I’m being judged for my blog not being good enough, or big enough. In all fairness, my harshest critic is probably myself!

One of the blogging groups I belong to, Food Bloggers Central, is hosting a Blog Hop! We’re hosting a virtual recipe circle where each one of us has one of our recipes made and we make another awesome blogger’s recipe.

The happy task fell upon me to make one of Peter from Feed Your Soul Too‘s recipes. There were so many great classic recipes to choose from it was hard to narrow it down! Peter is from Chicago and specializes in easy and delicious meals that bring the whole family together. In addition to these baked egg boats, some other favorites of mine from Peter’s blog are his salmon paella and this Greek 7 Layer Dip. You absolutely have to check his blog out!… Read More »

Friday Faves // 12

Chef Nancy SIlverton at Macy's Union Square San Francisco EventHappy Friday! I hope you have something fun planned for this upcoming weekend! I had to work a 24 hour shift on Pat’s birthday and he went to Tahoe, so we’re doing a belated celebration.

P.S. - I wanted to let all my Bay Area peeps know about a fun event that’s coming up in San Francisco. Big time chef Nancy Silverton will be at Macy’s Union Square on March 28th at 2pm sharing recipes inspired by the Macy’s Flower Show!

Chef Silverton will be demonstrating how to make the recipes and talking aout the latest in cookware and gadgets for your kitchen. Also important – there will be plenty of samples for all of us in the audience to enjoy!

With any purchase of $35 or more in the home department, you will get a $10 Macy’s gift card and a signed copy of Nancy’s The Mozza Cookbook.

Seating is limited, so make sure to RSVP at ChefSilvertonMacysUSQ.eventbrite.com! Learn more about the event here. Follow the Culinary Council on Twitter for updates.

The Deets:

Macy’s Culinary Council + Chef Nancy Silverton (website)
Macy’s Union Square
170 O’Farrell Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
RSVP: ChefSilvertonMacysUSQ.eventbrite.com


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Chinese Bao Buns with Spicy Beef #LivingGrand

Chinese Bao Buns with Spicy Stir Fried Beef - a tasty steamed street food dish!

A few weeks ago, Pat and I had the opportunity to celebrate the Chinese New Year at the Grand Hyatt in San Francisco. It was an amazing night full of delicious food, fabulous decor and great company! We were joined by several other bloggers and media folks from the San Francisco area. It was great to network and meet the people behind many of the blogs that I admire.

The Grand Hyatt really knows how to party! The night started with Chinese street food-inspired appetizers which were SO good. So good in fact that I asked for the recipe for Chef Kevin Villalovos’s Bao Buns with Spicy Stir Fried Beef. Do you ever do that when you’re out to eat? I love asking for recipes and most of the time people are more than happy to oblige. What better way to remember an amazing night than to re-create some of the food you had?… Read More »

Lemon Tartlets with Lemon Curd

Lemon Tartlets with Lemon Curd Recipe - topped with fresh berries!

Hey there! As Spring approaches, I just wanted to squeeze (no pun intended!) in one more lemon recipe! This was another recipe that I shared at a recent dessert night Pat and I hosted (remember those lemon curd pavlovas?). There’s nothing like gathering a bunch of friends and stuffing them full of lemons in various forms. And handfuls of lemons as a parting gift! Another one of the many benefits of having a backyard lemon tree. As usual, I probably overdid it a bit, but I didn’t hear any complaints!

This recipe is so versatile – tartlets make a great (two) bite-sized appetizer, a fun dessert, or a good dish to pass at a potluck. Its sweet pastry dough is the perfect vessel for the best lemon curd you’ll ever have.

Have you ever wondered how I set up my food photos? It’s probably not as fancy as you would think! I’m sharing a quick peek into my “studio” (aka living room) at the end of this post!

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